In 1283 Edmund, Earl of Cornwall, founded a monastic house of the Bonhommes order at 'Assherugge'. The monastery was re-endowed by Edward the Black Prince and gained a reputation as a centre for scholarly debate and learning. When the college of monks was dissolved in the Reformation, Henry VIII bestowed the estate on Princess Elizabeth, later Elizabeth I. Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, England, HP4 1NS
Gorhambury House is a Palladian mansion on the outskirts of St Albans, built by the Bacon family, Earls of Verulam, to replace an earlier Elizabethan manor. The ruins of that older house still stand in the park near the current mansion. Off Bluehouse Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, AL3 6AH
One of the great stately homes of England, Hatfield is a former Tudor royal palace acquired by Robert Cecil, chief minister to both Elizabeth I and James I. Hatfield is still home to the Cecil family, but the present house, begun in 1608, is largely Jacobean in character. Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, AL9 5NQ
Home of the Lytton family for over 500 years, Knebworth was transformed in 1843 from a red brick Tudor house into a veritable feast of Victorian Gothic turrets, gargoyles and gryphons, by writer-statesman Edward Bulwer-Lytton. Though the house we see today owes almost everything to the romantic and somewhat eccentric spirit of Baron Edward, its roots lie with Sir Robert Lytton, a friend of Henry Tudor, Earl of Richmond. Knebworth, Hertfordshire, England, SG3 6PY
The Old Bull Inn is full of history and character and is located in the busy market town of Royston. Just 12 miles outside the Historic University City of Cambridge, only 8 miles from Europes Premier Aviation Museum at Duxford, Royston has direct rail links to both Cambridge and London.